Kevan Jones MP, Labour’s Shadow Armed Forces Minister, in response to a NAO report highlighting waste at the MoD, said:
“Ministers should be cutting from the backroom not the frontline.
“This is unacceptable waste at a time of deep defence cuts. Past profligacy must be replaced with persistent prudence. We need reform, not rushed cuts.
“Unfortunately Ministers’ decisions, such as the aircraft carrier shambles, have increased costs to the taxpayer.
“This is yet another example of where Ministers could be making real savings through reform of the MoD, but they are failing to do so due to the flawed, rushed defence review.”